That headline is a bit redundant, isn’t it? Obviously the upcoming reboot/remake/pseudo-sequel of the Evil Dead series should share many plot points with the 1981 original. Otherwise it wouldn’t really be a reboot/remake/whatever, right? Yes, we certainly agree with you, but in lieu of of any actual novel information on the upcoming Evil Dead film, fans are forced to bear with Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, et alia while they attempt to put together a film that is equally popular among the legions of hypothetical new Evil Dead fans and those who have loved the horror/comedy series for over three decades.
Thus, a synopsis, courtesy Bloody Disgusting and whichever PR person is in charge of homogenizing these sorts of things for public consumption:
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
So, yeah, it’s basically The Evil Dead. For that matter, it’s also The Evil Dead II, but if we could avoid a prolonged discussion of the bizarre, complex, remake-pocked history of the Evil Dead franchise, we might just be able to finish this article before the heat death of the universe.
We expect the finished film will feature a far larger budget than its inspiration, and the cast will likely include a sizable number of up-and-coming young actors, but from every indication this is yet another attempt by Sam Raimi and pals to perfectly capture whatever hybrid of horror and humor the original Evil Dead was intended to portray. You’ve got to hand it to Raimi: The man is nothing if not tenaciously devoted to his original story concepts.
The one snippet of information we’re aware of that this synopsis misses however, is that one of key female leads will be portraying a recovering drug addict. Earlier, unofficial synopses, which were corroborated by Raimi himself, mention that this woman’s attempts to survive withdrawls (and the illness and delirium that goes hand-in-hand with that sort of thing) are directly compared and contrasted with the supernatural attacks the group must survive in the remote cabin. When this news originally appeared — and it was so long ago that this all may have changed internally by now — it was widely speculated that the 2013 iteration of The Evil Dead would be less over-the-top and more grounded than the original, and that the filmmakers would use the woman’s physical ordeal to keep audiences wondering whether or not these demonic assaults are real or just a figment of a junkie’s imagination. As we said, the synopsis mentions none of this, so perhaps the remake will now be more similar to its predecessors than originally planned.
Whether you see that as a positive or a negative likely hinges on your opinion of Raimi’s work as a whole, but we do know one undeniable fact about this film: Barring any major catastrophes, The Evil Dead hits theaters on April 12, 2013. That’s a little over seven months left in which fans can speculate, gripe and incessantly worry over how this flick might turn out. So what are you waiting for? Leave your opinions in the comments below, and let’s at least try to keep things civil.